Ciftci not looking at loan escape

Winger hoping to stay and fight for place in Pompey side

Cotterill: Wants Ciftci to fight for place

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Nadir Ciftci has no plans for a loan move away from Portsmouth and is just concentrating on getting back into the first team.

The 18-year-old winger, who only signed his first professional contract at Fratton Park in June, started three of the first four games of the season but since then has been limited to substitute appearances following Liam Lawrence's arrival from Stoke.

Ciftci has discussed his situation with Pompey boss Steve Cotterill and is happy to stay and fight for his place.

"I haven't heard anything about going out on loan," Ciftci told the News.

"At the moment I am here and I'm concentrating on trying to get into the picture for Portsmouth.

"I get on well with the gaffer and we have a good relationship. He has not said anything about sending me out. He has told me a lot about what he thinks I have in my locker."

He added: "The progress has been really quick for me. It's been different and something I've been getting used to. When I was in the team, I was doing all I could to stay there. Then when you are not in the team you do all you can to get back in it."